Energy For All: Increasing Access to Clean Cooking
Energy and human development are clearly linked. Access to modern energy empowers human development, reduces the daily burdens of the poor, creates new economic opportunities, and allows for the delivery of critical services ranging from health care to education. With Asia home to majority of the world’s people without access to electricity or modern fuels, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has prioritized its lending in the energy sector to enable access, especially of the rural poor, to modern energy. Established in 2008, the Energy for All Initiative strengthens ADB’s support for innovative projects that provide energy access. The ADB-led Energy for All Partnership has also brought together stakeholders to take on energy poverty at the regional level by scaling up innovative, but proven, business-based approaches.